Gay travel has been a growing niche in the tourism industry for years, and many longtime GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) visitors to South Florida have been waiting for appropriate accommodations to arrive. Well, the wait is finally over. Two new gay-friendly hotels have debuted in South Florida.
In South Beach, which known for having a vibrant gay community (the beachfront area around 12th Street is a popular hangout), what was the Hotel Nash has been transformed into the posh 53-room Lords South Beach, a partner of Out Magazine, ABSOLUT VODKA, and Levi’s jeans. And up the coast in Fort Lauderdale, where an anuual Gay Pride festival takes place, the Royal Palms Resort and Spa, the country’s first hotel for gay men, is putting the finishing touches on a $9 million renovation and expansion. The result: the previously 12-room guesthouse will be a sleek, modern boutique hotel with 62 rooms and a spa, resturant, lounge and fitness center.